Disaster Recovery: The Story We Often Don’t See

By Cassylee Mead

When I thought of disasters, I always thought of hurricanes, floods, wildfires and tsunamis. However, my first disaster action team (DAT) call opened my eyes to all the ways the American Red Cross helps people. Of the 66,000 disaster responses the Red Cross carries out every year, the majority of them are home fires that don’t even make the news.

West Virginia Floods 2016

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The Long-Term Effect of a Year of Service

By Kayla Ihrig, AmeriCorps member serving the American Red Cross NW Region

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Twelve months ago, in distress over a disappointing job search, I read about AmeriCorps on an online discussion board. The next day, I sat on my parents’ couch in suburban Pennsylvania and submitted my application on July 4, 2015. I accepted an AmeriCorps position the next week and packed up my car and moved 2,000 miles to Washington State the next month.

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We Need You: Spanish-Speaking Volunteers

2008 Southern California Wildfires


By Lupe Hernandez

Help break language barriers that prevent people from accessing aid

Here in Wenatchee and throughout the valley, we’ve been hard-hit by wildfires two summers in a row. In the last few weeks we’ve been forced to confront a frightening reality: Wildfire season is already upon us. As we move into summer, it’s important to remember it’s never too early to prepare.

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My First Encounter with Superheroes

By: Cassylee Mead

Superstorm Sandy 2012

We live in a world where people are fighting for their country overseas and also need to connect with their family back home. Meanwhile, a hurricane can strike and displace thousands of families, who now need a safe place to stay. At the same time, every two seconds, someone desperately needs blood. We live in a world where so many things can go wrong and we need to be prepared. Continue reading